#1551: Myojo Men Black Seafood Tonkotsu

Got this one down in California during our summer trip! JFC distributes a lot of different products here in the USA from Japan and elsewhere. I’m curious what the actual brand here is. Those characters at the top look extremely familiar…

Yep – that’s what I thought – it’s Myojo’s new ‘Myojo Men’ line! It’s strange; as a daily reviewer of instant noodles and spending a lot of time examining packages of all types from all over the world, I have started recognizing bits and pieces of different printed languages – Korean, Chinese, Japanese… Usually when it pertains to a brand name or the word instant noodle. I’m pretty sure I could do alright in most countries if I were looking for instant noodles, although my accent or intonation might sound ridiculous! For those new to ramen, here’s a quick blurb from Wikipedia about tonkotsu ramen:

Tonkotsu (豚骨, “pork bone”; not to be confused with tonkatsu) ramen usually has a cloudy white colored broth. It is similar to the Chinese baitang (白湯) and has a thick broth made from boiling pork bones, fat, and collagen over high heat for many hours, which suffuses the broth with a hearty pork flavor and a creamy consistency that rivals milk, melted butter or gravy (depending on the shop). Most shops, but not all, blend this pork broth with a small amount of chicken and vegetable stock and/or soy sauce. The noodles are thin and straight, and it is often served with beni shoga (pickled ginger). In recent years the latest trend in tonkotsu toppings ismāyu (sesame oil), a blackish, aromatic oil made from either charred crushed garlic or Sesame seeds. It is a specialty of Kyushu, particularly Hakata-ku, Fukuoka (hence sometimes called “Hakata ramen”).

Anyways, let’s check out this seafood tonkotsu by Myojo, distro’d by JFC.

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains pork and fish. To prepare, Put all contents into the bowl. Add hot water up to line. Microwave for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The fresh noodle pouch.

Liquid base sachet.

Has a strong seafood scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Green onion and seaweed.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko, narutomaki and sliced spring onion. The noodles were alright; they kind of had a kind of ‘off’ texture which I wasn’t pleased with; they seemed kind of stiff. The broth however was quite good – wonderful pork and seafood flavor going on here. The dehydrated green onion and seaweed hydrated perfectly. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 011152212364.

Myojo Tonkotsu Noodles, Seafood, 7.44 Ounce – get it on Amazon!

A Myojo Charumera TV commercial!

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